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The Fiscal Cliff Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,900'
Location: 39.74583, -105.40496 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monomaniac, Monty, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Thor Kieser on Oct 26, 2012


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This area is on the south side of Clear Creek river just west of the CO 119/US 6 between the junction and Tunnel 5. I put two short, pumpy routes (six clips) in a few years ago, and there is potential for several more.

A? Systemic Risk, 11-, 1p, 50', bolts.
B? Glitter and Doom, 11+, 1p, 50', bolts.
C. Colliding, 1p, bolts.
D. Over the Top, 12-, 1p, 35', bolts.
E. Runaway Truck Ram, 12-, 1p, 35', bolts.
F. East Berlin, 7, 1p, 70', bolts.
G. The Iron Curtain, 8, 1p, 70', bolts.
H. 24, 9+, 1p, 80', bolts.

From Peak to Plains Trail: rockfall mitigation near the Oxbow Parcel in Clear Creek Canyon is complete, though the popular climbing site referred to as Fiscal Cliff remains designated as a construction zone. Crews would like to remind climbers that these areas remain off limits for safety concerns. More info may be obtained from:

Getting There 

About 100 to 200 yards past the junction, there is a small pullout on the south side of the road. Pull up behind a guard rail, there is only room for one car. A pleasant 10 minute walk west along the river will get you to the cliff. The cliff is on the river bank.


There are ticks in this area.

Climbing Season

For the Clear Creek Canyon area.

Weather station 5.9 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

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Rock Climbing Photo: Michael Goodhue just past the crux.

24 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  CO : Golden : ... : The Fiscal Cliff
Start on the ledge with lots of loose dirt and blocks. The crux comes in the first 2 bolts with some thin moves up the clean slab. Continue up on positive holds with fun moves....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Oct 26, 2012
I have wondered whose routes those were! This is practically below the Mourning Glory crag near the creek and just past where you would start trudging up the hill to Mourning Glory.

There is potential for quite a bit of new stuff all over this area....

Rock Climbing Photo: Approach to Mourning Glory. Park before the bridge...
Approach to Mourning Glory. Park before the bridge (0.2 miles) after turning at the Y junction.
By Geoff U
From: Centennial, CO
May 13, 2013
This is a really neat area - definitely a lot of potential remaining, even for a few long pitches. Still cleaning up though - pulled off a considerable amount of rock when was here. Also, ticks in the area. A plus though is we stayed dry when it was raining.
By Linda Felz
Oct 17, 2014
Hi. If you bolt more of the rock, could you please put in some 5.6-5.8. I am short, older, and climb with a brace. I can lead easier climbs. I can climb up to a 5.10 if my husband leads but like the leading. Thanks

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